December 14th, 2009

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Catalunya - Argentina friendly:bringin' the drama before a ball's even been kicked

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December 22, 2009


Both call-up lists have been announced for the friendly taking place Dec. 22nd between Catalunya under new coach Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona's Argentina squad.

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Despite being a charity friendly, the call ups have not been without drama before the game even starts. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will not allow Cesc Fabregas to go. It looks like Cruyff isn't bothered because he called him up anyway. In addition, the Argentina squad was forced to exchange Javier Mascherano for Esteban Cambiasso when Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez also refused to allow his player to go.

The match comes close on the heels of a resurgence in a call to change Catalunya's unofficial nation status, capped off this week by an unbinding voting referendum in which 94% of those voting (although only about a third of the eligible voters showed up) ticked the 'yes' box to show their support of the region becoming a separate nation. A Turkish airline that FC Barcelona has just signed a contract with even got in a spot of bother over it when their Barcelona-based director ended a speech aboard a flight carrying the Barcelona squad with "Visca el Barça y visca Catalunya Lliure," or in English "Long live Barcelona and long live free Catalonia," although later when criticized for his words the director admitted his ignorance of the political situation and claimed he had only said it to please Barça president Joan Laporta.


Sources: El Mundo Deportivo, GeoFutbol, Goal.com, Daily Post, Hurriyet Daily News

So. Thoughts? Does the Prem sound a little Grinchy for not allowing time for charity Christmas matches? (Yes, a little.) Is Wenger a big meanie for not letting Cesc go visit his lulzy BFFs in Barcelona? (OH GOD YES.) Is Rafa Benitez afraid that if he lets Masch travel to Barcelona without putting ink on a fresh contract for Liverpool that he won't come back? (Probably yes.) Does anyone think Pep will probably flip when he sees how many of his first-teamers are expected to play so close to Club World Cup? (Uh. Yeah.) Also does anyone think there will be any political ramifications to the match itself?

UPDATE: There is a newer list of the Argie squad with Ever Banega in place of Mascherano instead here, thank you neapeaikea!
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Serie A: Week of the underdogs

Well that was...less than pleasant if you support a top team. At least Inter didn't lose though their performance is nothing to really write home about.

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Looking at the table, it really is anyone's game at this point. Even first place really isn't safe. This is such an interesting season with the other teams battling it out.

I also don't have pictures for all, mostly because I am too lazy this week. Sorry :/

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Next week is the last round before the break. The biggest game is AC Milan v Fiorentina and while Milan are having a good run, more than half of the Viola are sick/tired/broken. Uh...crap. Good luck and I'll see you next week.

Again, apologies for the lack of pictures. If you want certain ones, let me know and I'll see if I can find them for you :)
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Football Rankings 12/14/09

Most Points
Twente (Eredivisie) - 47 points

Fewest Points
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 6 points
Hertha BSC (Bundesliga) - 6 points

Biggest Lead
Barcelona (La Liga) - 5 points
Internazionale (Serie A) - 5 points

Smallest Lead
Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) - 1 point

Closest to Danger
VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga) - tied with 16th place
Willem II (Eredivisie) - tied with 16th place

Farthest From Safety
Grenoble Foot (Ligue 1) - 9 points fewer than 17th place

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